Advising Centers

Academic advising and career advising builds a culture of integrated practices and shared responsibilities. Academic and career advising is a series of ongoing and intentional conversations among students, faculty, and staff that establish a pathway to the realization of educational, career, and life goals. Through collaborative teaching and learning, the advising process empowers our diverse student populations to explore and navigate their academic and career pathways.

Each student is assigned a certified advisor who will assist you with developing a degree plan, registering for courses, completing a financial aid appeal, exploring careers, and researching transfer opportunities.

BOLD (Business Opportunities Leadership Demand Occupations) Advising Center

The BOLD Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in business, landscape, logistics, and other career and technical education degrees and certificates.

Located in Palomino Center Annex, Room 200 | 210-486-3366

Carmen Velasquez - Avila
Advising Team Lead

College Tip: Do something today that your future self will thank you for

Christina Barrera
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Make today the perfect day to be AWESOME!

  • Agriculture Science
  • Basic Nursery & Landscape Operations
  • Business Administration (Q-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator (A-M)
  • Cosmetology Esthetician
  • Floral Design Technician
  • International Logistics Management
  • Landscape & Horticulture Scienc
  • Landscape & Turfgrass Equipment Tech
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Purchasing Clerk
  • Small/Organic Farmer
  • Transportation Management
  • Turf & Landscape Irrigation
  • Turfgrass & Golf Course Management
  • Warehouse Management

Selso Casares
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Never be afraid to ask questions at Palo Alto College, we are here to help you succeed.

  • Business Administration (L-P)
  • Business Management (A-N)
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entry-Level Energy Technician
  • Entry-Level Supervision Certificate
  • Industrial Technology – Instrumentation Specialization Industrial Technology – Manufacturing Specialization
  • International Business
  • Leadership Certificate
  • Liberal Arts (N-Z)
  • Marketing Certificate
  • Process Technology Specialization
  • Production Technician Specialization
  • Oil and Gas Process Technology Specialization*
  • Oil and Gas Production Technician Specialization*

* Program reflects a catalog year prior to 2018-2019

Mako Ivory
Advising Team Support Specialist


Elena Olivo
Certified Advisor

College Tip: The start of your journey is full of unknowns, the middle of it is hard work, the end of it is gratification.  

  • Administration Assistant, A.A.S.
  • Administrative Assistant Certificate
  • Bill and Account Collector Certificate
  • Business Administration (A-K)
  • Data Entry Technician Certificate
  • General Office Certificate
    Health Care Administrator (ALL)
  • Secretarial Assistant Certificate
  • Virtual Administrative Assistant

Rafael Sayago
Certified Advisor

College Tip: In college as in life, a positive approach will lend strength to challenging days. 

  • Business Management (O-Z)
  • Administration Level 1 Certificate
  • Enterprise Innovation Level 1 Certificate
  • Entry-Level Supervision Level 2 Certificate
  • Global Business Management Level 1 Certificate
  • Leadership Level 1 Certificate
  • Marketing Level 1 Certificate
  • Cosmetology Operator (N-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator Level 2 Certificate
  • Liberal Arts (A-M)
  • Viticulture and Enology Specialization
SEED (Service Education Empowerment Diversity) Advising Center

The SEED Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in education, criminal justice, kinesiology, fine and performing arts, communications, psychology, and social work.

Located in Palomino Center Annex, Room 200 | 210-486-3131

Nidia Lopez
Advising Team Lead

College Tip: Be present, ask questions, take notes and study!


Nora Arredondo
Certified Advisor


College Tip: Sometimes in life we fail, but never give up, that is where our greatest lessons are found.

  • Art
  • Communications/
    Communication Arts
  • Criminal Justice (A-N)
  • Dance
  • Digital Art
  • Humanities
  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Speech Communication

Aracely Bowling
Certified Advisor


College Tip: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
- Winnie the Pooh

  • Education: EC-6 Generalist (A-M)
  • Early Childhood Specialist
  • Criminal Justice (O-Z)

Charley Garcia
Certified Advisor


  • English
  • History*
  • Kinesiology
  • Mexican-American Studies
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Radio & TV Broadcast Journalism
  • Spanish

Elizabeth Garcia
Advising Team Support Specialist

College Tip: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop!


David Mancha
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Always strive to do your best, and never be afraid to ask questions!

  • Education: 8-12 Specialist
  • Education: EC-6 Generalist (M-Z)

Amanda Morales
Certified Advisor

College Tip: “There are dreamers and there are planners; the planners make their dreams come true.”

-Edwin Louis Cole

  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
  • Drama
  • Psychology
  • Radio, Television, & Broadcasting
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advising Center

The STEM Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in the science, technology, engineering, and math areas.

Located in Palomino Center, Room 114 | 210-486-3660

Maria Viesca
Advising Team Leader


Danielle Esquivel
Certified Advisor

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Pre-Professional
  • Biomedical

Jennifer Huebenthal
Certified Advisor

  • Pre-Nursing

Shawn Melendes
Certified Advisor

  • Computer Science

Adam Rodriguez
Certified Advisor

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Information Assurance & Cybersecurity
  • Network Administrator

Malorie Vallejo
Certified Advisor

  • Biology/Pre-Professional
  • Veterinary Technology

Jose Vega
Certified Advisor

  • Pre-Nursing
  • Engineering
Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs assists students who are receiving VA benefits or Hazelwood Exemptions. Your assigned advisor will assist you with processing your benefits, developing a degree plan, registering for courses, completing a financial aid appeal, exploring careers, and researching transfer opportunities.

Located in Palomino Center, Room 111

Vince Bosquez

Laurie Medina

Eloisa Cordova

Flor Semersky


Contact Information

Michael Ximenez
Director of Advising

Location: Palomino Center (PC 114B)
Phone: 210-486-3181


Brenda Espinoza 
Administrative Services Specialist

Location: Palomino Center (PC 114)
Phone: 210-486-3665

Regular Hours

Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
First Saturdays of the month: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Walk-in advising information

Mondays: 2–5 p.m.
Thursdays: 8 a.m.–noon